One of my favorite destinations is Tenerife, Canary Islands. I recently became a Certified Tenerife Specialist and the training brought back so many awesome memories from our vacation. So, I decided to share our adventure to Tenerife in my Destination Spotlight Series.
If you are looking for adventure, uniqueness, diversity and beauty, then The Canary Islands are a great destination choice!
About the Islands: The Canary Islands are a group of Spanish owned islands located off the coast of Northwestern Africa. They are a popular destination for Europeans, much like Hawaii is for Americans. The Canaries are made up of a group of 7 islands and Tenerife is the largest and most populated of the 7. Tenerife is known internationally as the “Island of Eternal Spring” and with a subtropical climate and average temperature of 71.6 degrees year-round, it’s no wonder why people flock to this destination. With such moderate temperatures, it's a great destination to visit any time of the year.
Area Size: Even though Tenerife is over 3 times larger than Cozumel, Mexico and slightly larger than Maui, it is still a manageable area to explore independently. Renting a car here was very easy and with pre-printed Google Map directions, getting around was a cinch. With a little pre-planning, we easily saw and did all the items on our “must do” list in 8 days.
Getting There: There are two airports in Tenerife, South and North airports. The South airport is in the tourist area, Coast Adeje, whereas the North airport is used more for domestic flights. The North airport is located near the capital, Santa Cruz. We used frequent flyer miles to fly to Tenerife and the North airport was the best connection for us, so when we arrived we got in our rental car and headed South toward our resort. Since we were flying in and out of the North airport we decided to spend our last day and night closer to the airport so we could explore Santa Cruz.
Things to Do: While on Tenerife, we did a lot of hiking. Our first hike was a 5 mile, three hour down-hill trek through a ravine called the Masca Gorge Trek. We started at the Village of Masca and ended at a secluded beach in the Atlantic Ocean with giant rock formations, also known as Los Gigantes. We scheduled a water taxi, in advance, to pick us up and take us back to our car. Check out the photos below. Some of the sides of the ravine, climb as high as 2,000 feet above sea level and at its narrowest, the gorge is only 65 feet wide. The hike was full of bizarre, swirling rock formations and curious endemic vegetation! Beware of the cacti!
A must-see site when visiting Tenerife is Mount Teide, 12,200 feet high summit and third largest volcano in the world. You can hike to the top (for advanced hikers) or take a cable car to the top. If you are planning a visit the Summit of Mount Teide, you will need to apply for a permit in advance, as the number of daily visitors is limited. The day we planned to go to the top ended up being a cold and very windy day, so the cable car was not running. Therefore, we decided to explore the area at the bottom and the trails around. Here are some photos of our exploration.
If you are looking to get off-the-beaten path, I recommend you head to the Northwestern part of the island and visit Benijo Beach. Click here to check out my previous blog posting on Benijo.
In addition to great hiking and beautiful beaches there are so many things to do in Tenerife. Here are some of the many activities:
I hope this destination spotlight has inspired you to want to explore this unique destination. If you have questions, please drop me a line. Below are some additional photos from our trip. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for the next Destination Spotlight with Explore Travel Planners!
Angie Conger Hinds
I have a true passion for travel and I want to share my travel knowledge with you. I hope this blog gives you inspiration to EXPLORE the world!
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